Saturday, 15 December 2012 19:30
MANILA: Church leaders in the Philippines said on Saturday that an impending birth control law aimed at reducing poverty in the conservative nation was one step towards legalising abortion.
In a letter penned by bishops to be read at Sunday mass in churches across the mainly Catholic country, they said the Reproductive Health Bill promoted pre-martial sex and threatened the "moral fibre" of the country.
"The Reproductive Health bill, if passed into law in its present form, will put the moral fibre of our nation at risk a contraceptive mentality is the mother of an abortion mentality," they wrote in the pastoral letter, which was posted on the website of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines.
The bill paves the way for sex education in schools and the provision of free contraceptives in a country with one of Asia's fastest-growing populations.
It was passed by the lower house of parliament on Thursday and ...